The Atlanta Braves will promote right-handed pitcher Matt Wisler to the Major Leagues tomorrow, a source told Cover Those Bases on Thursday.
Wisler will make his big league debut against the New York Mets on Friday, getting the start on the mound for Atlanta.
Coming into the season, the 22-year-old Wisler was rated as the 34th-best prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America.
He was moved from the Padres to the Braves the day before the beginning of this season. The Braves acquired Wisler in the blockbuster deal that sent closer Craig Kimbrel out west.
Thus far this season, Wisler's numbers have not been phenomenal, pitching to a 3-4 record with a 4.29 ERA in 65 innings pitched. His strikeout rate of 6.8 K/9 has taken a bit of a dip, but his walk rate of 1.8 BB/9 is also lower than his career average.
At his best this season, Wisler had a seven game stretch where he was fantastic. Spanning over a month (from May 5 to June 7), Wisler had a 1.96 ERA, walking just six hitters over a 41.1 inning stretch, striking out 29.
Here's the scouting report on Wisler from MLB.com:
While Wisler won't overpower hitters, he does have a pair of plus pitches and throws strikes with four offerings. His main two weapons are a 90-95 mph sinker and a changeup with plenty of deception and fade. Both of his breaking balls are effective, with his low-80s slider featuring some tilt and his mid-70s curveball used more to keep opponents off balance."
Wisler's big league promotion is just another promotion of a top prospect within the past few weeks. Byron Buxton, Francisco Lindor, and Carlos Correa are among the more notable promotions, but 2015 has already been coined "The Year of the Prospect," due to all the call-ups this season.